Introducing “26 Tips for 26.2 Miles” + Get to Know the revamped course for the 2014 Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon (Tip #1)

It’s that time of year again, marathoners: Today marks 26 days until the 2014 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon! We can’t wait to see all 18,000 of you at our brand new combined start/finish line at North Bank Park next month, but until then, our main concern is giving you all the information you need to be as prepared as possible when you get there.

Beginning today, we’ll be sharing “26 Tips for 26.2 Miles” – including helpful tidbits like what to wear on October 19, when to arrive at the starting line and where to find fluids, porta-potties and more along the revamped course. We’ll include images with each tip too, so be sure to sharetweetpin and Instagram them to help us spread the word. And, as always, if you have questions on anything we share, please let us know in the comments or ask us online and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

So, let’s get started!

Tip 1 - Know the course

If you haven’t already heard the news, then this is BIG. With the 35th anniversary of the Columbus Marathon comes a revamped course with a new home for our start and finish line (which are combined!) at North Bank Park. Prepare for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon by knowing where exactly you’ll be running or walking come October 19. To help you with this, our first tip is to get to know the ins, outs, ups and downs of this year’s new course, including the all-new combined start and finish line.

Here are a few resources to help you get started:

  • COMBINED START/FINISH: One of the most exciting features of the new course for 2014 is the combined start/finish area. As the new home to the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon, North Bank Park will host the combined start/finish line as well as celebration village and all of your marathon needs in one area.
  • COURSE MAP: The 2014 full marathon will run through Bexley, Olde Town East, by Nationwide Children’s Hospital, German Village, downtown Columbus, Short North, The Ohio State University campus (including the ‘Shoe!), Upper Arlington, Grandview Heights, Victorian Village and will finish in the Arena District. The half marathon will follow the same course, also ending at the Arena District combined start/finish line. Consult the Columbus Marathon course map for a bird’s-eye-view of the new route and download PDF versions of the full marathon and half marathon courses here.
  • COURSE ELEVATION CHART: Refer to the bottom of each course map for a better idea of where to expect increases in elevation throughout both the half and full marathon course.
  • COURSE VIDEOS: Want a more “behind-the-scenes” overview of the course? Checkout new videos for an overview of the full and half marathon course on Vimeo and see what changes the 2014 course has in store for you below: 

Have additional questions about this year’s course? Let us know in the comments below, or share with us on Facebook and Twitter, and we’ll be sure to get them answered!

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